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1930 Circumnavigation #2

Published 1930

Edited travelogue
with narrative titles
Circumnavigating the Earth

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Producer Arthur and Kate Tode ("Arthur and Kate Tode (Kahop)")
Audio/Visual silent, color


Intertitles as written by the Todes:

"Edfu and its marvelous Temple dedicated to Horus, the Sun God

The tallest pylon in all Egypt.

The great Temple of Edfu, the most perfect temple now standing in Egypt was built in honor of the falcon-god, Horus the Conqueror

Views from the top of the Edfu Temple pylon

Approaching Komombo [Kom Ombo]

Scenes in and about the great Temple of Sobek and Haroeris.

Arriving at Aswan

The undetached 1200 ton obelisk in the quarries of Aswan

A visit to the famed and submerged Temple of Isis at Philae

Partially submerged ruins of the Holy Island of Philae-- famous for centuries as a centre of the worship of Isis

A sacrifice on the altar of progress
The Temple of Isis at Philae

Sculptured pylon and flooded forecourt of the Temple of Isis

The great Aswan Dam stands at the head of the first Cataract of the Nile.

Controlling the life of Egypt at Aswan

The Aswan Dam is intended to hold up water to the level of 348 feet.

Since its construction in 1898 the height of the dam is now being raised for the third time.

Enjoying diversified athletic events at Aswan.

Oh! Look it what's coming!

A camel trek to the desert village of the Besherin Race; [?] [Nubian people] commonly termed the "Gypsies of Nubia".

Ruins of the Rameseum. l.e. the Temple of Rameses the Great at Thebes built in honor of Amen-Ra.

Headless statues in the mortuary chapel of Rameses II at Thebes.

The Judgment Hall of Osiris--- the Temple of Deir-el-Mednia.

The palace and Temple of Rameses III at Medinet-Haboo [Medinet Habu is the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III]

One usually associates a deck-chair with comfort -- especially on the good ship "Damietta".

The locks of the barrage at Nag Hamadi [Nag Hammadi] where the Western Oasis Railroad crosses the Nile.

"Shove hard boys- 'an keep her off!"

Many types of natives lined the locks to watch the "Damietta" pass thru.

The lock machinery is operated by hand-power.

Shawls, beads, scarabs, fly-whisks, stuffed, snakes and crocodiles, and many other charms and horrors are--

--bargained for and bought to decorate or disfigure our Western homes from the crowds of natives about the water-front

The chief seat of the worship of Osiris in Upper Egypt is at Abydos.

The base reliefs and vivid colors in the magnificent Temple of Abydos are unequalled throughout Egypt.

Rameses the Great, was the most prolific self-advertiser the world has ever known; in fact he was "Old man bull-thrower" himself.

Even in his tender year he practised "throwing the bull" which event is forever commemorated on the walls of his temple at Abydos.

The Nile voyage end-- "Good-bye to the Land of the Pharaohs" -- bound for Palestine.

A city set on a hill
"Jerusalem the Golden"

The great impregnable wall of the City of David.

Jaffa Gate-- thru which General Allenby's victorious army entered the city in 1918.

On Mount Moriah stands magnificent Dome of the Rock, or Kubbet es-Sakhra.[Masjid Qubbat As-Sakhrah]

The dome shelters the original huge rock where Abraham was on the point of slaying Isaac; from here Mohammed was--

-- translated into heaven on the back of El Burak his miraculous steed; here stood, in by-gone ages, the Great Temple of Solomon at Jerusalem

With the exception only of the Kabba [Kaaba] at Mecca, the most holy shrine in all Islam.

It is under these arches that the Mohammedans believe the souls will be weighed on Judgment Day.

Aska Mosque

All that remains of the glories of the greatest temple ever constructed

One wall of King Solomon's Temple still stands; for ages it has been called the Jews "Wailing Wall"

"For the palace that lies desolate
For the Temple that is destroyed
For the walls that are overthrown

For our majesty that is departed
We sit in solitude and mourn"

The Plain of Boaz at Bethlehem where the shepherds kept their watch

Church of the Nativity at Bethlehem erected over the traditional birthplace of Christ.

The Golden Gate of Jerusalem thru which Christ rode into the city of Palm Sunday.

Along the Via Dolorosa (Street of Pain) where Jesus carried the Cross to Golgotha.

The Ecce Homo Arch marks the spot where Pilate uttered the words: "Behold the man."

The Fourteenth and Last Station along the Via Dolorosa is the Holy Sepulchre itself

The Chapel of the Ascension on the Mount of Olives

Ancient Jerash in Trans-Jordania. [Transjordan,later Jordan and other countries]

The large Triumphal Gate bears a striking similarity to Trajan's Arch at Rome

The stones are standing but the greatness they commemorate has passed away

The Propylaea of the Great Temple still afford an idea of the grandeur of the original of the structure

The city was destroyed by an earthquake in the twelfth century and abandoned.

More imposing even than Pompeii, and far better preserved, is this second city of the Roman Decapolis of 2000 years ago.

A trek to Arabia Petrea, the lost city on the Sinai Peninsula

Petra lies deep in the wilderness of the Arabian desert, not far from Mount Hor where the Israelites are believed to have buried their great leader, Aaron

Petra obtained its first importance some three thousand years ago thru its almost inaccessible--

--position which made it easy of defense against the attacks of the desert tribes and rendered it a suitable depot on the caravan route from Egypt to Mesopotamia and Persia.

From the 10th to the 19th centuries Petra existed only in song and story; it was indeed a "lost city" for nearly one thousand years until rediscovered in the last century.

The start was made from Amman, capitol of Trans-Jordania, and the ancient city of Philadelphia of the Greeks.

There are exactly 52 trains per year, i.e. one train per week from Amman, via the Kingdom of Hejaz Railway, southward to the frontier post of Ma'an

The weekly train along the narrow-gauge Pilgrim's Route to Medina and Mecca stops at every dreary desert station

And it transports every type of human, animal and inanimate object.

At the frontier post of Ma'an the boys keep in practice.


Reviewer: jhccac - - January 19, 2010
Subject: Movie reivew
Fantastic travelogue!!!